Visa policy of Turkey

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Visitors to Turkey must obtain a visa from one of the Turkish diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the 120 countries and territories that are either visa exempt or whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival. There is also an online visa facility.[1] Effective from 1 January 2015, passports will have to be valid for at least 60 days beyond the permitted stay.

Turkey will completely replace the visa on arrival program with e-visa by the end of 2014.[2]

Turkey, even though a candidate country for the membership in the European Union has a more complicated visa policy than the Visa policy of the Schengen Area.[3] Turkey even requires visas from certain EU member states – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom as well as Norway.[3] However all visitors who are from EU Countries to Turkey can obtain a visa through a simple electronic visa system or a visa on arrival so they do not have to apply at the embassy or consulate.[4]

Turkey also requires visas from citizens of the following Schengen Annex II countries - Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan and the United States.[3] On the other hand Turkey grants visa-free access to many other countries and territories – Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago and Tunisia.[3]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Turkey

Visa-free[edit]

Citizens of the following countries and territories may enter Turkey without a visa:[5]

Unlimited period[edit]

90 days[edit]

60 days[edit]

30 days[edit]

1 - Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID.[8]
2 - Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their expired passports (up to 5 years)
3 - Allowed to enter Turkey with their passports or ID cards expired within the last year.

e-Visa[edit]

Citizens of these countries are eligible to apply for a multiple entry e-Visa valid for 3 months (unless otherwise stated):[9] [10]

1 - Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID.[13]
2 - Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their expired passports (up to 5 years)

Conditional e-Visa[edit]

Citizens of these countries and territories are also eligible under certain conditions to apply for a single entry e-Visa valid for 1 month:[9]

Conditions are:

  • all except citizens of Namibia and Zambia, must hold a valid visa or residence from one of the OECD (except electronic visas) or Schengen countries. Egyptian citizens who are under 20 or over 45 years old do not need to fulfill this requirement.
  • all except citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India and Pakistan must hold a return with Turkish Airlines or Pegasus Airlines.[16]
  • must hold a hotel reservation and adequate financial means (US$ 50 per day).

Visa required[edit]

Citizens of the following countries and territories must obtain a visa in advance at one of the Turkish diplomatic missions:[17]

Visa on arrival (phased out)[edit]

Turkey will replace visa-on-arrival facility requiring all previously eligible travellers obtain an e-visa in advance.[19][20]

1 - Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID.[22]
2 - Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their expired passports (up to 5 years)

Many other nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival if they are in possession of an OECD country valid visa.

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

No visa is required for Turkey for holders of either diplomatic or other official passports of Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Qatar, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen and for holders of diplomatic passports of Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uzbekistan.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Visa Information For Foreigners, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. ^ Turkish E-Visa Update – Stickers to Continue
  3. ^ a b c d Visa Information For Foreigners
  4. ^ e-Visa
  5. ^ "Visa Information - Turkey". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s
  9. ^ a b e-Visa is ready to be downloaded!
  10. ^ Electronic Visa Application System
  11. ^ Foreign ministry calls on Cypriots not to travel to Turkey in wake of visa change
  12. ^ Turcja zniesie wizy dla Polaków
  13. ^ Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s
  14. ^ Must be below 18 or over 35 years old.
  15. ^ May also use Egypt Air.
  16. ^ Are there any restrictions on airline companies to fly to Turkey?
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ May obtain visa on arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport if holding a valid Schengen or OECD visa or residence.
  19. ^ http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2014/01/08/46562/abta-issues-warning-over-turkey-e-visas.html Abta issues warning over Turkey e-visas 8 January 2014
  20. ^ Turkish E-Visa Update – Stickers to Continue
  21. ^ The Dutch identity card is also valid based on the European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe; CETS No.: 025 of the Council of Europe.
  22. ^ Countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s